VALDOSTA, Ga. – Sophomore Sarah Edwards (Jay, Fla./Jay) carded a third-round 72 to tie for fifth individually and pace FGCU to a third-place finish at the 2021 ASUN Women’s Golf Championship Tournament at the Kinderlou Forest Golf Club (Par 72, 6153 yards). The Eagles shot 298 on Tuesday to finish with a 54-hole total of 902.
Kennesaw State won the overall team title with a three-day score of 852, while North Florida placed second (882). The Eagles score of 902 was its lowest since shooting 901 at the 2016 ASUN Championship and was their fourth-lowest total since joining the league.
“I’m proud of the way we finished today and were able to gut out our best round,” said head coach Sarah Trew. “It was great to see Sarah finish in the All-Tournament Team – she works so hard and it was nice to see that pay off. We will be working hard this summer and playing in lots of tournaments to be ready for next year.”
Edwards finished the tournament shooting 220 (74-74-72) with Tuesday’s round her best of the three days. Her individual finish also marked the fifth consecutive year that FGCU placed an individual among the top five.
Senior Natalia Nassar (Bucaramanga, Colombia/Colegio Panamericano) and redshirt senior Ailsa Clark (Navarre, Fla./Navarre) each shot 74 on the day to finish tied for 11th (226) and tied for 13th (228), respectively. Junior Laura Edmonds (Buenos Aires, Argentina/Cypress Bay) tied for 17th (229), while redshirt sophomore Haley Yerxa (Ottawa, Ontario/Hillcrest) tied for 26th (236).
Edwards’ even finish in the third round was highlighted by going par-or-better on 11 straight holes. After bogeys on No. 4 and No. 5, she was even for the rest of the day and carded her second birdie of the round on No. 16.
Nassar opened the day by going one under with a birdie on No. 1 followed by five even holes. A bogey on No. 7 sent her into the turn at even. She had three bogeys on the back, but a birdie on No. 17 helped her finish just two over for the day.
Clark also shot 74 on the day after carding two birdies and closing the back nine with five straight pars. She had a string of seven consecutive holes at par or better with six coming right before the turn and her seventh on No. 10.
Edmonds slipped from sitting 11th on the leaderboard after Monday after a double bogey in the first round put her two-over on No. 3. She picked up a birdie on No. 7 to get a stroke back. She closed out the round with four consecutive pars.
Yerxa also went into the turn at four over, but was par-or-better on seven of the back nine to finish with a 78 on the day.
T5 – Sarah Edwards – 74-74-72 – 220
T11 – Natalia Nassar – 75-77-74 – 226
T13 – Ailsa Clark – 77-77-74 – 228
T17 – Laura Edmonds – 76-74-79 –229
T26 – Haley Yerxa – 80-78-78 – 236
ASUN Tournament Field:
1 – #69 Kennesaw State – 285-287-280 – 852
2 – #43 North Florida – 295-289-298 – 882
3 – #90 FGCU – 302-302-298 – 902
4 – #166 Lipscomb – 306-308-297 – 911
5 – #122 Stetson – 307-302-305 – 914
6 – North Alabama – 311-320-312 – 943
7 – #195 Jacksonville – 314-329-321 – 964
8 – Bellarmine – 332-320-321 – 973
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